Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.
As one DC educator shared, “One of my favorite parts is that Restorative Practices is so user-friendly. There is such a push on the academic piece nowadays and there is a disconnect between the educator and the youth. It is a problem that exists in so many of our schools. RP closes the distance between our educators, adults, and kids. This helps us keep connected as they are getting older. It’s a great tool. Not just reactive, but to build community.”
OSSE, is partnering with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to offer monthly trainings on Restorative Justice. In addition, a Community of Practice is held every second Tuesday of the month where participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional learning.
Restorative Justice Professional Development
To view the full schedule of Restorative Justice professional development training opportunities for Fall 2019, see attached flyer.
- Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019: Restorative Schools Overview
- Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019: Trauma Awareness and Restorative Steps to Brain Regulation
- Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019: Proactive Circles
- Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 4-5, 2019: Responsive Discipline
- Wednesday-Thursday, Nov. 13-14, 2019: Restorative Communication
- Friday, Dec. 6, 2019: Restorative Justice and Special Education
- Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019: Restorative Justice and In-School Suspension
Restorative Justice Monthly Community of Practice [Register]
During the 2019-20 school year, OSSE will partner with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will discuss the implementation of Restorative Justice practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively.
The CoP is held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9-11:30 a.m., and is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Justice practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged. The location rotates each month to a different school campus or library.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
Topic: Building Community
Location: One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St. NW), Old Council Chambers
Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other. For this month's Community of Practice, We will be creating a dynamic space for representatives of schools and agencies, seasoned practitioners, and advocates to share experiences and lessons learned, address important questions and concerns, and develop tangible next steps for building strong school communities right from the beginning of the year.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Topic: Bullying Awareness through Restorative Practices
Location: Neval Thomas Elementary School, 650 Anacostia Ave. NE
Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue; understanding; and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice encompasses a set of interventions aimed at students; however, it goes a step further as it is a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.
As we recognize October as Bullying Prevention Month, this Community of Practice (CoP) will offer an opportunity to for participants to engage with others on their experiences using restorative practices. Specifically, participants will engage in pro-active and community building circles to address bullying, harassment, and other forms of inappropriate behaviors that belittle and tease students as well as adults.
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Topic: Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices
Location: Walker Jones Education Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW
In the November Restorative Justice Community of Practice, participants will explore the concepts of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in our school communities and apply the concepts within a restorative framework. Drawing on the experiences of participants, we will navigate how restorative practices can be integrated with SEL in our classrooms and school communities.
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
Topic: Responsive Discipline and Restorative Practices
Location: Children’s Defense Fund Office, 840 First St. NE, Suite 300
Restorative Discipline practices are designed to replace exclusion, as a result of poor or inappropriate behavior, with inclusion, accountability, understanding of students’ behavior, and how it affects the community. In the December Community of Practice (CoP), we will discuss how to take on a more inclusive approach while using appropriate consequences within Restorative Discipline practices.
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Topic: Building Support with Parents and Staff
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
Topic: Trauma Awareness, Mindfulness, and Self-Care
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Topic: Promoting Youth Leadership
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Topic: Special Education and Restorative Justice Practices
For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].